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From the powerhouse duo behind the instant bestseller Allergic comes a spirited new graphic novel about finding your own space… especially when you’re in a family of nine!
Eleven-year-old Avery Lee loves living in Hickory Valley, Maryland. She loves her neighborhood, school, and the end-of-summer fair she always goes to with her two best friends. But she’s tired of feeling squished by her six siblings! They’re noisy and chaotic and the younger kids all love her a little too much. All Avery wants is her own room — her own space to be alone and make art. So she’s furious when Theo, her grumpy older brother, gets his own room instead, and her wild baby brother, Max, moves into the room she already shares with her clinging younger sister Pearl! Avery hatches a plan to finally get her own room, all while trying to get Max to sleep at night, navigating changes in her friendships, and working on an art entry for the fair. And when Avery finds out that her family might move across the country, things get even more complicated.
Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter have once again teamed up to tell a funny, heartfelt, and charming story of family, friendship, and growing up.
★ “A charming and achingly relatable snapshot of life in a big family.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Nutter’s warm and appealing artwork comically captures the crowded chaos of the Lee household and the matter-of-fact diversity of the town, and the sun-dappled visuals will appeal to anyone who loves the work of Raina Telgemeier or Shannon Hale… This stirring and dynamic graphic novel is sure to win a lot of hearts.” — Booklist, starred review
★ “Avery’s plights are amusing and approachable, with art from Nutter that is gentle and light-filled. This engaging graphic novel tackles very real feelings and will keep readers invested in Avery’s life. Highly recommended.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“Brightly colored landscapes and keen dialogue artfully depict common eldest daughter woes.” — Publishers Weekly
“There is so much to love about this title… The storytelling is fast-paced and has many humorous moments… The artwork is busy and offers the frenetic feel of the hustle and bustle of a large family. The colorization looks vivid and warm, which wraps up the warm tingly feelings all readers will be left with. Another great addition to the middle-grade comics collection.” — School Library Journal‘s Good Comics for Kids Blog
“This delightful graphic novel about growing up and carving out your own space is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier.” — Barnes & Noble
Awards, Lists, and Such
Instant National Indie Bestseller
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
A Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated Kids’ Book Release of March 2023